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Elliptical Trainers

Written by Jill Morrison
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Elliptical trainers are exercise machines that are comfortable to use, yet give an incredible workout. These machines are effective for cardiovascular training and also for muscle toning. Ellipticals are low impact, so they will minimize your risk for injury and the impact to your lower back, legs, feet, and joints.

Characteristics of Elliptical Trainers

Elliptical trainers may be purchased from stores, catalogs, or frequently for special prices online. Some may have features such as commercial size foot pedals, and electromagnetic resistance system, foam padded hand grips, a bottle holder, and a programmable display. Some elliptical machines also come equipped with a heart rate monitor so you can track and control your workout intensity.

Ellipticals minimize the impact on your body, so it may make your aerobic exercise seem easy to perform. In order to increase your aerobic activity in this case, you are likely o exercise more aggressively. The aggressive action on your elliptical machine will help you to achieve your fitness goals more quickly and effectively.

Elliptical trainers provide efficient calorie burning at a low resistance level. You will use the most effective area for aerobic activity on this machine, which is the lower body. Some machines also have arm motion handles as well to intensify your workout and tone your arms at the same time.


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